Jammers Offense Explodes
Stack Hits 2 HRs, Drives In 7; Lyskawa Shines On Mound
BOONVILLE — The Jamestown Jammers have undoubtedly been playing high-quality baseball early in the 2017 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season.
But, Tuesday night on the road against the Adirondack Trail Blazers might’ve been their most impressive performance yet.
As a team, Jamestown pounded out 17 hits, Collin Stack (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) smoked two home runs and collected seven RBIs, Ben Brookover (UTSA) cracked a grand slam and had five RBIs, and starting pitcher David Lyskawa (Niagara County CC) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Jammers cruised to a dominating 19-5 win.
Twelve different Jammers recorded hits at the plate, but the offensive onslaught was led by Stack. The Maple Grove graduate connected for his second and third home runs of the season and increased his batting average to .324.
“He’s been outstanding,” Jammers head coach Anthony Barone said of Stack following the victory. “He’s sort of been a big-time run producer and he understands too that he’s getting himself in good counts now and taking advantage when he gets a fastball. With him, it’s just trying not to be overly aggressive and waiting for his pitch. … He’s really doing a great job.”
Along with Stack (three hits), Brookover, Casey Vincent (St. Bonaventure University) and Matt Cross (Niagara County CC) all contributed multiple hits as well.
“We have really good depth offensively and on our pitching staff,” Barone stressed. “But offensively, we have a lot of different guys who can do it night in and night out. It’s good too because when some guys go into a slump, other guys are going to pick them up. It’s been really important this year that we have so much depth and it’s really nice to coach because you can lean on more than just a couple guys.”
While the Jammers were having a field day at the plate, Lyskawa turned in a dazzling performance on the hill.
Not only did he take a no-hitter into the seventh, but the 6-foot left-hander ended up striking out 11. He also lowered his ERA on the season to 1.37.
“Lyskawa was outstanding,” Barone explained. “He had complete command of all … of his pitches. He just completely was lights-out.”
Jacob Gilhaus (Kalamazoo College) worked the eighth inning for Jamestown and Ryan Boyer (Pitt-Bradford) fired a scoreless ninth.
After improving their league-best record to 16-5, the Jammers will continue their road trip tonight with a matchup against the Onondaga Flames.
The team will be on the road until Friday, when it returns to Diethrick Park to take on the Geneva Red Wings.
“It’s a neat vibe we have going right now,” Barone emphasized. “We have so much confidence in each other from player to player and that’s what’s really neat about this team. We can count on each other. Like I said before, we don’t have to count on just one guy. … It’s been a tremendous start (to the season) so far.”